cyeux-bleus asked: your stuff's super inspirational, do you have any advice for someone trying to hone in on their personal illustration style?
Thanks Cyeux-blues. I really appreciate the kind words.
I think for many of us finding a personal style is an ongoing pursuit. I know for myself I’m always trying to explore different avenues stylistically because I don’t feel like I’m ready to completely solidify — to definitively call something my style.
The only advice I have is to keep trying as many hats on as possible. Study styles that you find appealing/interesting, and actually mimic them, all the while asking yourself how you might do them differently/better. Maybe it’s taking a style that’s already been done before and just changing one element of it, like doing the line or shapes a different way — or seeing if you can take a simple graphic way of rendering and translating it to a more realistic style, or vice versa. But I think the all of these exercises that you do should be driven by your own curiosity. I think when you start to see personal style is when you as the artist begin to form opinions, whether consciously or unconsciously, about what looks good and what doesn’t.
As time goes on you should begin to see patterns form and these can serve as the basis of your style. At that point, you can decide which of those personal patterns you want to keep consistent in your work and everything else you can continue to play with.
When I look at my own work I don’t necessarily see a very defined style but one thing that I think makes my work cohesive is some of the linework and shapes — but then again it’s hard to be totally objective about your own work.
Anyway, hope that was somewhat helpful!